A fashion revolution

Re­volt Cloth­ing founder Luyanda Mado­nia shares her style se­crets, her wardrobe es­sen­tials and her take on the Mzansi fashion scene

Destiny - - Style muse - BY Lin­delwa Busakwe

What sparked your in­ter­est in fashion? I grew up in a home where each family mem­ber ex­pressed them­selves through fashion. Nat­u­rally, that pas­sion rubbed off on me.

What in­spired you to make a ca­reer out of fashion? I ma­jored in fashion mar­ket­ing at the Art In­sti­tute of Cal­i­for­nia, Hol­ly­wood cam­pus and wit­nessed the online fashion boom while liv­ing in Los An­ge­les [LA]. That’s where I re­alised that any busi­nes­sand style-savvy person could eas­ily start a cloth­ing brand. I saw this as a great way for me to marry my two pas­sions – mar­ket­ing and fashion.

Who’s on your fashion radar at the mo­ment? I’m ob­sessed with LA blog­ger Taye Hans­berry. Her style’s im­pec­ca­ble and ef­fort­less. You’d swear she didn’t grow up in LA, be­cause the city’s fashion ethos is very beach­wear-ori­en­tated.

What’s the SA Fashion Fo­rum? It’s an event founded by my­self and Ayanda Nh­lapo, aimed at grow­ing the lo­cal fashion in­dus­try. We pro­vide work­shops con­ducted by dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sion­als.

What’s your sig­na­ture style? It de­pends on my mood and what I feel like ex­press­ing on any par­tic­u­lar day, but there’s al­ways an el­e­ment of grunge in my look. Af­ter all, I’m a Nineties baby!

What items of cloth­ing can’t you live without? My Mimco flats. I first spot­ted them at the launch of the Sand­ton City store and asked all my fashion friends if I should get them, be­cause they were pretty pricey. Ev­ery­one said: “Heck, yeah!” Now they’re my favourite shoes with which to mix and match tex­tures and prints.

My pink plaid jump­suit. This was the very first piece I de­signed. The pink plaid is epic be­cause we nor­mally see plaid in greens, blues or reds. It’s a state­ment piece.

My Pichu­lik earrings. These are per­fect for days when I feel like mak­ing a state­ment us­ing ac­ces­sories.

My brown sling bag. I bought this pure leather gem with a suede fin­ish at a thrift store in LA. I’ve had it for years and it’s only im­proved with time.

My printed dress. I was ec­static when I found a dress that looked like the Chanel num­ber Solange wore on her 2014 Harper’s Bazaar cover. But mine was way cheaper, of course!

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